NFL Week 8: Even Without Philly Market, Cowboys/Eagles Overnight Up


Even without the Philadelphia market included, overnight ratings for the Eagles’ Sunday night blowout of the Cowboys were up by a quarter on NBC.

The Week 8 edition of Sunday Night Football, pitting the Cowboys against the Eagles, earned a 14.7 overnight rating on NBC — up 25% from last year (PIT/NO: 11.8). There was no Week 8 Sunday night game in 2009.

Keep in mind last year’s game aired opposite Game 4 of the World Series on FOX.

The Eagles’ blowout victory earned the best overnight for Sunday Night Football since Week 2 (PHI/ATL: 15.7).

The strong numbers are especially notable considering that the Eagles’ home market of Philadelphia was excluded due to inclement weather. Also excluded were top ten markets New York (#1) and Boston (#7).

Dallas (30.5) was the top market for Sunday’s game, with Norfolk (23.8), San Antonio (23.7), Richmond (24.3) and Las Vegas (21.0) rounding out the top five.

(This year’s numbers from NBC Sports Group press release via TV By the Numbers)

  • Jeffrey

    I am in New England, in the middle of the storm. No power, but I watched this game on the Sunday Night Football website on a computer at my work, which illiminates a much larger point: how accurate can the ratings really be (in terms of overall viewing audience) with people watching on the internet, their phones, iPads, etc. I wonder.

  • Ben

    What do you mean by Philadelphia being excluded due to inclement weather?  I don’t understand…I live in Philadelphia and had no problem watching the game.